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Fallen Soldier's Downrange Comrades Reveal His Baby’s Gender In Touching Video
On Aug. 2, Spc. Chris Harris died in Afghanistan, one of two soldiers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne killed when an IED struck their convoy near Kandahar. Harris’ wife, Britt, was pregnant with their first child.
Two months later, on Oct. 5, Harris’ brother soldiers, still deployed downrange, posted a video welcome to a “new member of the company” — a video you might not expect from a crew of battle-tested Airborne grunts. It was a touching gender-reveal party in Afghanistan for the Harrises’ baby, ahead of its birth:
It’s a girl. And the men of the 82nd’s 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team couldn’t be happier.
Pfc. Joel Crunk of Mississippi served with Harris and posted the video to his YouTube account. "August 2 2017 Chris Harris laid down his life for our country. His newly wed wife was expecting their first child," Crunk wrote in the video’s description. "The reveal is in Afghanistan with the men who fought by his side. We are happy to welcome the new member of our company."
The heartwarming video, replete with pink confetti-poppers, brought tears to Britt Harris’ eyes, she told ABC News. “I probably watched it 100 times myself,” she said. “I was crying but smiling because their reaction was so wonderful.”
But she wasn’t completely surprised: She’d let the soldiers in on the baby’s gender, after all.
"Chris is an only child. They were his family," she told ABC. "Everyone that I’ve met, before Chris passed and after, if they’re in the military, they’ve treated me like actual family or royalty, actually."
It was only natural, then, when she asked Harris’ comrades “to be the first to know the gender and they were really excited,” she said. “I told them I would ship confetti poppers or something and they could be the first to know and feel included.”
It was the least they could do for family. "Chris was an amazing guy and a great soldier," Crunk told a hometown TV station. "He sacrificed his life on the altar of freedom. I'm honored to share his story."
Meanwhile, Britt has another tribute to her fallen husband planned.
Christopher Michael Harris’ daughter, she says, will be named Christian Michelle Harris, after him. Just as soon as she gets around to being born.
Police arrest suspected terrorist for 1985 hijacking in which Navy diver Robert D. Stethem was murdered
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police have arrested a 65-year-old Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the 1985 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) plane in which a U.S. navy diver was killed.
A Greek police official said on Saturday the suspect had disembarked from a cruise ship on the island of Mykonos on Thursday and that his name came up as being wanted by German authorities.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
SAN DIEGO — John Timothy Earnest didn't hide his smirks as he sat in a San Diego courtroom on Thursday, watching surveillance video of Lori Gilbert-Kaye being shot down inside the lobby of a Poway synagogue.
Earnest also smiled as a synagogue congregant testified about running toward the shooter, screaming "I'm going to kill you!" and seeing the gunman "with a look of astonishment or fear" turn and run.
Earnest, 20, is facing one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the shootings at Chabad of Poway on April 27. He also faces an arson charge related to an Escondido mosque fire in March, when several people who were sleeping inside escaped unharmed.
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is ready to act on its southern border with Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said, after warning that it could take unilateral steps if the U.S. does not establish a "safe zone" in northeast Syria this month.
"Our preparations along our borders are complete," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on Saturday before departing to attend a U.N. General Assembly meeting.